Have you all heard about Four in February? According to the official Facebook page, it’s “an initiative that encourages you to beat four video games in February.” The group was started in order to encourage gamers to bunker down over the last month of winter and make a dent in their gaming backlogs. You know, those games we all own and intend to beat, even the ones that are potentially years old at this point. *cough* Final Fantasy XII *cough* Odin Sphere *cough*
It’s a really neat idea, one that I originally read about on Kotaku a few weeks back. I meant to tell my readers about it then, but, you know, disappeared for several weeks as is my way. Since that time, however, I’ve joined the FB group and selected four games from my backlog to work on:
You see, I keep a list of about 24 games that I want to play through to completion, and I figured that this would serve as ample motivation for me to actually focus on wiping a few of them from the list rather than game-hopping as my mood dictates. You’ll notice that my number one title, Dragon Age: Origins, is actually crossed off.
That’s right. Mission accomplished, baby.
DA:O was actually a title I had been working on for some time and one that I had already completed once before including the expansion, Awakening, on the Xbox 360 some time ago. I had wanted to buy the game for PC when it was originally released in ’09, but lacked the hardware to run it. The entire time I was playing the console version, I felt as though I were experiencing a lesser version of the game. It was good, mind you, but it didn’t live up to the whole “spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate” thing that BioWare promised at its inception. Fortunately, the complete version of the game including the expansion and every piece of DLC went on sale on Amazon last summer for roughly $5, and I jumped at the chance to play the game as it was intended.
Well, count that game vanquished once more! I have successfully taken a Dalish rogue from his humble beginnings with the Grey Wardens through to Andraste knows where with Morrigan, the Witch of the Wilds. I have since imported my game into DAII and fully intend to complete the admittedly lesser title this time around (my third or fourth attempt).
Unfortunately, I don’t anticipate that I’ll find the time to scratch any more titles from my list by the month’s end. It was a fun experiment nonetheless and one that led to some fruition. If you missed your shot at Four in February this year, head over to their page and sign up now. It’s never too early to start planning for next year (or take a week off work and cram for these last three days of the month).
So how about it, gamers? How are your backlogs looking and what are you doing to tackle them?